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COVID-19 interventions can cut virus infections, severe outcomes, and healthcare needs

Non-pharmaceutical interventions such as voluntary shelter-in-place, quarantines, and other steps taken to control the SARS-CoV-2 virus can reduce the peak number of infections, daily infection rates, cumulative infections, and overall deaths, a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE has found. “High compliance with voluntary quarantine—where the entire household stays home if there is […]

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Iran daily virus cases exceed 5,000 in new record

Iran’s daily novel coronavirus caseload surpassed 5,000 infections—a new record—according to official figures announced Tuesday, as death rates remain high. Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said the country had registered a record 5,039 new infections in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number to 539,670. There were also 322 new deaths, as the […]

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Italian PM announces stricter measures to counter virus

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Sunday announced a new series of measures to tackle the rising number of virus cases, with restrictions placed on bars and restaurants and push to increase working from home. Restaurants will have to display their maximum capacity, close at midnight at the latest and limit the number of people […]

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Preliminary results find COVID-19 vaccine candidate based on inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus is safe

A Chinese COVID-19 vaccine candidate based on the inactivated whole SARS-CoV-2 virus (BBIBP-CorV) is safe and elicits an antibody response, findings from a small early-phase randomised clinical trial published today in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal have found. A previous clinical trial reported similar results for a different vaccine that is also based on inactivated […]

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US regulators approve 1st treatment for Ebola virus

U.S. regulators Wednesday approved the first drug for the treatment of Ebola. The Food and Drug Administration OK’d the drug developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals for treating adults and children with the Zaire Ebola virus strain, the most deadly of six known types. It typically kills 60% to 90% of patients. The drug was one of […]

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Lebanon to lock down nearly 170 districts in virus fight

Almost 170 Lebanese villages and towns will go into lockdown for the next week, the government said on Sunday, as it grapples with record numbers of novel coronavirus cases. Authorities have also ordered bars and nightclubs nationwide closed “until further notice”. An interior ministry statement said 169 villages and towns across the country would be […]

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Respiratory syncytial virus and influenza detections hit record low levels in 2020

Western Australia has experienced historically low levels of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza this winter due to the public health measures implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Researchers from the Wesfarmers Center of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, based at Telethon Kids Institute, Perth Children’s Hospital and PathWest found a staggering 98.0 percent drop […]

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GSK and Vir step up virus antibody treatment trials

British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Californian laboratory Vir Biotechnology on Tuesday announced final stage testing of their potential coronavirus treatment. The phase-three trials will evaluate the effectiveness of their “fully human anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibody” VIR-7831 in the early treatment of patients at high risk of hospitalisation. If successful, the companies believe it could increase […]

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Florida forges ahead in lifting curbs amid virus concerns

As the summer coronavirus spike in Sunbelt states subsides, Florida has gone the furthest in lifting restrictions, especially on restaurants where the burden of ensuring safety has shifted to business owners and residents—raising concerns of a resurgence. In his drive to return the state to normalcy, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted limits on indoor seating […]